March 29, 2015

Video Special: Italy 2014 – The Water Fight

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      While in Italy, far from the typical British weather, we decided the best way to cool down was with a water fight!         Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.  Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on faves Buzz it up Share on Linkedin […]

Passing on Bonkers

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    A few weeks ago I wrote a post encouraging anyone who might be reading to do hard things in life. The basic message was something along the lines of, do what everyone else does and you’ll get what everyone else gets. Dare to be different and follow your own dreams instead of meeting […]

Talking Italian: We Chat Food and Family with Gennaro Contaldo

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    Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows our love of all things Italian; the food, the country, the people… our family loves pretty much everything about it. If you are new and you didn’t know all this or you blinked and missed it, you can see our 2014 highlights in […]

Video Special: Italy 2014 – The Highlights

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    The last couple of years have seen us visit Italy for our annual holiday. Well, holiday isn’t quite right – we’ve continued to work while away – the difference being that we work from a  location other than our home. This is where the ability to work and learn remotely, anywhere, any time, […]

How to Gut a Fish: A Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial by Paddy (Aged 7)

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    Paddy was keen to learn how to gut and cook fish… so that’s what he did! Soon enough, not only was he a dab hand at gutting the fish by himself but also teaching his siblings how to do it too. As if that wasn’t enough for a seven-year-old to know, he also […]

Cooking for a large family…

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      …is usually a family affair. We are most definitely a family of foodies. We do love food (so much so that I’ve put on a stone over the winter months. Time to hit the gym again!) and we are extremely fortunate to have a pretty sizeable kitchen. Fortunate to be big enough […]

Family Update: Exciting Times Ahead!

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    It is official. 2015 is going to be the year for us. The year for us. After many, many years of talking and planning and dreaming about it, and more than a year of preparing the house for selling, the ball has finally been moved from its rock steady spot and is rolling. We […]

Trying Something New

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    Generally, we like to try new things. We like to see new countries, visit new places and, being such a family of foodies, we like to try new recipes and foods we might not have ever tried before. After watching several of the River Cottage series which they claimed to be doing for […]

Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

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  My Saturday plans to make fresh ravioli for dinner ended up with the opening of the culinary domestic sweatshop. Paddy came on board to cook the filling earlier on during the day. Afternoon came around and with the filling now cool, it was time to begin preparing the ravioli. Obviously, with 13 of us […]

A Week of Birthdays

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    We ended up marking the end of more than a month of various bugs and illness by celebrating three birthdays within five days. Ben celebrated his 22nd birthday on the 10th, miles away from us of course, being in the chilly north for uni while we are remain in the almost-as-chilly-but-not-quite-as-cold south-east. A […]

The Simple Things: Chicken-keeping, Fruit-picking and Home-made Preserves, Oh My!

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    The one thing that we’re really looking forward to doing when we move is growing and rearing our own food. We’re looking forward to knowing where it has come from, what it contains and how it has reached our table. We have owned chickens for eight years now and I can safely say […]

Questioning My Sanity: The Verdict Is In

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    It seems like an eternity since we returned from Italy, getting straight back into continuing work on the house in preparation for selling. Although we have only been back since the end of August it seems ages since the photo above was taken. Of course, if you are sitting there counting everyone you […]

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